Herefordshire Council is reminding residents that there is still time for them to have their say on its 2015/16 budget consultation.
The 2015/16 budget consultation started on Tuesday 22 July and will close on Friday 10 October. This year’s consultation features an online budget simulator, which not only shows the council’s net budget, but also highlights where we spend our money along with those areas where we generate an income. The information residents provide will help guide council decisions to ensure we not only deliver the services we have to provide but also, where possible, those services communities want us to provide, all within a balanced budget.
There is also the opportunity to meet with Cabinet members and senior council officers across the county in a series of budget consultation market stalls* this month. Come along and find out more about our budget, services and how you can use our online budget simulator to have your say, we will be at:
Thursday 18 September 10am – 2pm
Co-op (Crabtree Road)
Friday 19 September 10am – 2pm
Corn Square (outside Oxfam)
Monday 22 September 10am – 2pm
Co-op (Tenbury Road)
Tuesday 23 September 10am – 2pm
Co-op (New Street)
Thursday 25 September 1:30pm – 3:30pm
The Market House
Friday 26 September 1pm – 4pm
High Town (outside WH Smith)
Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “All councils across the country need to make unprecedented savings in light of significant government funding reductions and Herefordshire Council is no different. Over a six year period from 2011 to 2017, we have to save nearly £70million. To date we have saved £34million, but we still need to save an additional £33million in the next three years.
“It is no easy feat to balance an annual budget in the region of £160million, which is why we are running this year’s budget consultation slightly differently and inviting the public to do just that……balance the council’s budget.”
To participate in the consultation and balance the budget, visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation2015.
* Please note that the market stalls will also be staffed by members of the council’s waste management team, who will be available to answer any questions on alternate weekly collections, which commences in November.